The Homeland Security Department warned airlines Wednesday about the potential of a new shoe bomb threat, according to multiple news outlets.
Innovative middle managers were as crucial as Osama bin Laden to the novelty and success of the 9/11 attacks, a study published in the journal Security Studies says.
Drone strikes rely heavily on tracking cellphones, far more than they do on human intelligence, according to documents revealed by former intelligence community contractor Edward Snowden.
A former Stanford University doctoral student spent nearly a decade on the no-fly list because an FBI agent checked the wrong box on a form, inadvertently nominating her for the list. Although partly redacted, the ruling reveals that an FBI agent "misunderstood the directions on the form and erroneously nominated Dr. Ibrahim to the TSA's no-fly list."
Instead of trying to make Afghanistan inhospitable to terrorists, the United States would have been better off focusing on attacking al Qaeda's leaders, Yaniv Barzilai argued during an event Jan. 23. Barzilai said the United States faltered by adopting a "light-footprint" approach, partnering relatively small numbers of U.S. troops with Afghan forces. It was successful in ousting Taliban rulers, but that was not the goal at Tora Bora.
A limited size inspector cadre for the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program means that the Homeland Security Department may be supposed to start re-inspecting chemical facilities for security plan compliance before it has finished the work of conducting the first round of inspections on all regulated facilities, says the Congressional Research Service.
Aircraft repair stations are facing new security regulations that the Transportation Security Administration finalized Jan. 13. Repair stations located at or adjacent to an airport--approximately 4,000 in the United States, plus 700 foreign stations that received a certification from the Federal Aviation Administration--are subject to the rule.
The bulk storage of telephony metadata by the intelligence community has had "no discernible impact" on preventing terrorism and a program for the bulk surveillance of the contents of communications crossing U.S. borders at best played a role in 4.4 percent of jihadi terrorism court cases filed in U.S. courts since 9/11, finds a report from the New America Foundation.
Food processors and handlers would have to take steps to prevent terrorism under a rule the Food and Drug Administration proposed in December. The FDA says certain activities put food at highest risk of intentional contamination: handling or storing liquids, handling secondary ingredients in small amounts to be distributed into a large amount of food, and actions like mixing or blending. Under the proposed rule, facilities would have to implement a written "food defense plan."
The last three ethnic Uighur Chinese nationals detained at Guantanamo Bay were released and resettled in Slovakia, the Defense Department announced Dec. 31.